EMPower Hospital Spotlight: Henry Ford Hospital
Henry Ford Hospital is located in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit is a metropolitan area that is home to 4.3 million people, making it the largest city in the state. In 1896, the first car was manufactured here leading Detroit to earn the name of the Motor City. Detroit also has had a tremendous impact on modern music. Berry Gordy Jr. developed the “Motown sound” here and techno music also originated in the city. Additionally, Detroit is known as the sports capital of the Midwest and is home to the Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers, Detroit Pistons, and Detroit Red Wings.
Henry Ford hospital is the flagship facility of the Henry Ford Health System, whose mission is to improve people’s lives through excellence in the science and art of health care and healing. In 2015, the health system served more than 99,700 patients admitted to its hospitals. Henry Ford Hospital is an 877 bed tertiary care hospital recognized for clinical excellence in cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, sports medicine, multi-organ transplants, and cancer treatment.
Henry Ford Women’s Health Services obstetrical team delivers more than 3,700 babies each year offering memorable experiences in comfortable, private rooms. Henry Ford Hospital’s mother-infant dyad reflects the diverse population of the community. The Henry Ford Hospital patient breakdown is more than 60% African American, 15% Hispanic, 10% Arabic and 10% white. As part of their comprehensive obstetrics care, Henry Ford offers both breast feeding classes and lactation consults to help mothers and babies get off to a great start.
Henry Ford’s commitment to positively impacting the health outcomes of mothers and their babies continues to grow through their participation in the EMPower Initiative. Through the EMPower Initiative, Henry Ford has seen an increase in both breastfeeding initiation and exclusivity rates, along with increased patient satisfaction related to breast feeding support. Sue Butts-Dion, QI Coach for Henry Ford’s EMPower work, was struck by how the leaders of the initiative were able to take a complex project and break it down into manageable parts. “I was impressed with how the multi-disciplinary committee used the quality improvement principle of breaking down the complex system of supporting mothers and infants into processes that they could test changes on using Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles. It is often the tendency of organizations to want to implement everything at once and Henry Ford demonstrated how slowing down can sometimes ultimately help you go faster.”
The Henry Ford Team hopes that the implementation of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and achieving Baby Friendly Hospital designation will improve prenatal breastfeeding education, increase the number of women who initiate and exclusively breastfeed their infants, improve health care provider’s education and ability to support breastfeeding women, and increase the quality and quantity of community support available to women after discharge from the hospital, so that they can achieve their infant feeding goals.